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Cost of basket of groceries 'up slightly'

Published 05/07/2016

Shoppers should be mindful of fluctuating prices 'now more than ever', said mySupermarket boss Gilad Simhony
Shoppers should be mindful of fluctuating prices 'now more than ever', said mySupermarket boss Gilad Simhony

The cost of a basket of groceries has risen slightly for the first time in seven months, figures show.

A basket of 35 popular items cost £82.83 in June, up from £82.59 in May - but is still 4% cheaper than this time last year when it cost £86.84, according to the mySupermarket Groceries Tracker.

Bananas cost 14% more than the previous month, carrots and broccoli were up 4% and 3% respectively compared with May, while tomatoes were the only items to drop in price by more than a few percentage points - down 4% compared with the previous month.

However, the price of many products was still lower than June last year, with onions down by a third, fresh peppers costing 15% less and broccoli almost 20% cheaper.

Gilad Simhony, chief executive of the mySupermarket shopping and comparison website, said although the price rise was small, shoppers should be mindful of fluctuating prices "now more than ever".

He said the website would be tracking prices carefully following the Brexit vote "and shoppers should do the same".

He said: "There has been much speculation the prices of fresh produce will rise and we're keen to continue helping shoppers find the best prices for their weekly shop.

"Our line of advice has always been to compare prices before you leave the house. While we can't yet predict what will happen, you, as the shopper, should arm yourself with as much information as possible.

"What is pleasing, however, is that many prices are still considerably lower than they were a year ago, meaning the supermarket price war is still contributing to a competitive market."

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